Governor looks at using executive power to address warming

Benjamin Storrow E&E News July 8, 2019

Democratic governors have become increasingly bold about flexing their muscles when it comes to climate change. Tom Wolf, the governor of Pennsylvania, is weighing an executive order to enact a carbon cap-and-trade program. Virginia’s Ralph Northam has pursued a regulation that would allow his state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade system for power plants in the Northeast.

Govs. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Steve Bullock of Montana have all committed their states to the terms of the Paris climate accord: cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26% of 2005 levels by 2025.

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